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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MAX – ANOTHER TEENAGER IN THE HOUSE

January 2021 & I never thought back in March last year, when we first went into lockdown, that Max would also be having a lockdown birthday in January 2021! So, my beautiful boy is 13, my baby is now a … Continue reading

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NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS, BETTER ME!

One of the things I love about a New Year is a fresh page, a clean slate to make new goals & plans for the coming year. I’m definitely a planner and a list maker so New Years Resolutions are … Continue reading

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10 GOALS TO SET YOURSELF IN 2021

2020 really was a year like no other. I think it’s safe to say we’re all glad to see the back of it and move into a new year. Unfortunately, at the start of 2021 everything isn’t suddenly all going … Continue reading

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HELLO JANUARY 2021

So we’ve at last said goodbye to 2020 and saw in the New Year quietly all with great hope that this year will be a far happier year for us all.    FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 1. Christmas … Continue reading

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21 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2021

To always always appreciate & make the most of family time To make the most of every single day after a year of COVID To not worry about the little things at work that won’t really matter in a couple … Continue reading

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20 THINGS I’VE LEARNT IN 2020

1.That people and time matter not money & ‘things 2.That times of adversity bring out the very best in some people and the very worst in others 3. That I will be changing many of my priorities in 2021 4. … Continue reading

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10 IMPORTANT LESSONS THIS YEAR HAS TAUGHT ME

2020 Certainly didn’t go how anyone planned it and it really has been a year like no other. We’ve all struggled at various times but some people have definitely had it harder than others which makes you appreciate what you … Continue reading

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MAKING THE HOME FESTIVE FOR CHRISTMAS

I was going to put our decorations up at the end of November this year to bring a bit of sparkle to an awful year but, we’ve had a new floor laid in the living room and there’s been a … Continue reading

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HELLO DECEMBER 2020

After another month of lockdown & having to go back to teaching on Zoom, I have never been as glad for a month to end in my life. I absolutely hate wishing time away, but November was a very testing … Continue reading

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THE MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN & TEENS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC & LOCKDOWN

This year has undoubtedly been one of the hardest most people have ever had to endure and it’s certainly not over yet. It’s been tough for families all trying to work from home, people who live alone not seeing anyone … Continue reading

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FINDING MY CONFIDENCE

As a dancer & performer as a child, a professional dancer in my late teens and my twenties  & then a dance teacher/business owner from being 30, putting myself out there, performing in front of people and appearing confident has … Continue reading

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THINGS TO MAKE US HAPPY THIS AUTUMN/WINTER

Ok, so the build up to Christmas may be very different this year, no parties & events to look forward to, theatre trips non-existent,   gathering with friends & families postponed to a later date but, I for one am still … Continue reading

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YORKSHIRE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH – TATTU LEEDS

Luckily, just before the November Lockdown, Isabelle and I had a wonderful evening at Tattu restaurant in Leeds. I’ve been wanting to visit Tattu in Leeds for a long time and I had booked for the 4 of us to … Continue reading

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FEELING FESTIVE IN 2020 DESPITE SUCH A DIFFICULT YEAR

I’m putting my Christmas Decorations up in November this year, sorry not sorry!!!! Gosh what a year it’s been for everyone and, as we move into Autumn & a second wave is hitting us, we first moved into tougher restrictions … Continue reading

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HELLO NOVEMBER 2020

How is it November already? In some ways this has been the longest year ever, everything pre lockdown seems a lifetime ago. Yet when you think this all started in March, I can’t actually believe we’re in November with long … Continue reading

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PUMPKINS, PRESENTS & PROSECCO

MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS! Well I must admit, back in March when we went into lockdown, I never imagined we’d still be in some sort of lockdown by my birthday in October! What a year! Despite new measures being brought in … Continue reading

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MY YORKSHIRE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH – The 3 Acres Huddersfield

As restaurants go The 3 Acres is up there with my very top restaurants & it’s only a stone’s throw away from my house. With a birthday in semi lockdown & can’t be shared with anyone outside of my household … Continue reading

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LUXURIES & GUILTY PLEASURES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE

‘’NO PLEASURE IS A GUILTY ONE PAST 40’’ I’ve always loved beautiful things and a touch of luxury in my life and I’ve been very lucky to experience some wonderful luxuries over the years, especially during my years dancing on … Continue reading

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YORKSHIRE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH – DEVOUR, HOLMFIRTH, WEST YORKSHIRE

LUNCH AT DEVOUR RESTAURANT, HOLMFIRTH As Tony & I lead busy lives it’s not often just the two of us get to go out for a meal on our own. I don’t work Fridays so last week Tony booked the … Continue reading

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MY YORKSHIRE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

As lockdown continues, one of the things I’ve been extremely grateful for is once again being able to dine out at some of the wonderful restaurants we can boast in my beloved & stunning home county of Yorkshire. Each month … Continue reading

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HELLO OCTOBER 2020

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 1. A lovely leaving party (of less than 30 people) for 6 of my students that are leaving us to go to Dance Colleges & University (luckily just before the new lockdown rules of … Continue reading

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AFTERNOON TEA AT HOLDSWORTH HOUSE

My mum & I were incredibly lucky to be gifted a Prosecco Afternoon Tea at the stunning Holdsworth House in Halifax West Yorkshire & so on my day off last Friday we eagerly anticipated our visit. Holdsworth House is a … Continue reading

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AUTUMN TOUCHES FOR THE HOME

Somehow, it’s already the end of September, how did that happen? The weather throughout September has been lovely so it’s still felt like Summer & I’ve managed to squeeze a few more weeks out of wearing my Summer wardrobe but, … Continue reading

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HEALTH CHECKS FOR WOMEN IN THEIR 40’s

There is nothing more important than looking after yourself and having regular check ups to ensure all is well. As you move into your 40’s it becomes more and more important to check the things you can at home and … Continue reading

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CHANGING MY MINDSET TO CHANGE MY LIFE

2020 has definitely been a testing year and a year of life lessons & I for one am determined to take as many positives from it as possible. I’ve always been a worrier and a people pleaser and have suffered … Continue reading

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OWNING A CAVACHON DOG & HOW IT’S CHANGED MY LIFE

Around 4 years ago my husband Tony & our children Isabelle & Max were constantly nagging me to agree to us getting a puppy, but I really wasn’t keen. Tony was brought up with dogs, but I wasn’t and, although … Continue reading

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HELLO SEPTEMBER 2020

Well it really is back to reality with a bump this month. Belle and Max are ready to go back to school, I’m back teaching in the studios & Tony is back in the office 3 days a week. He … Continue reading

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SKILLS I’VE LEARNT IN LOCKDOWN

On Thursday 19th March we were told schools & businesses were closing and we all had to go home. As a dance teacher and owner of a Theatre School I had to make the heart breaking decision to temporarily close … Continue reading

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POST LOCKDOWN BLUES

Life is slowly starting to get ‘back to normal’ or, the most said phrase of the moment ‘the new normal’ and instead of feeling happy about it, these last couple of weeks have left me feeling rather flat. When I … Continue reading

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RICK STEIN’S FISH

FALMOUTH, CORNWALL We were lucky enough to spend a few glorious days in Cornwall this Summer & even more lucky to be there when the beautiful weather appeared. One of the things on my wish list was to dine at … Continue reading

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